The Neuroscience minor provides students with an introduction to the foundations of neuroscience, a discipline which focuses on the study of the nervous system from a range of levels. Study of the nervous system is a relatively new discipline, and discoveries in this area have great promise to illuminate the roots of our mental experience, and to provide the tools to preserve and reverse the effects of injury and disease. While only one of several major organ systems in the body, the nervous system is very complicated and critical to our identity. Neuroscience is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and draws on techniques from diverse fields including biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy. The courses included in the Neuroscience minor focus on the fundamentals of the biology and function of the nervous system.  The minor is open to any major, and should be of interest to students with professional interests in the biomedical or health sciences. The courses included in the minor focus on the organization and function of the nervous system, from the specializations of single neurons and glia to the function of large networks of neurons which support movement, memory, emotion and more.

Requirements for the Minor

NSC-104Introduction to Neuroscience1
BIO-212Cell Biology1
300 level Elective
NSC-332Research in Sensation and PerceptionyResearch in Sensation & Perception0.5
or NSC-333 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
NSC-400Senior Capstone0
Organismal Physiology
Sensation and Perception
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Total Credits5

Additional Course Work

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing neuroscience at the graduate level also complete Organic Chemistry I (CHE 221).  Additional coursework in physics and math may be considered.  Students should consult with an advisor in Neuroscience on their particular paths.

Karen Gunther

Neil Schmitzer-Torbert

Heidi Walsh (Chair)